CEL­E­BRAT­ING CEN­TURY IN SUC­CESS

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GREEN­FIELD Pri­mary School have weath­ered many storms and wars to be what it is to­day 100 years af­ter its in­cep­tion.

Men­tioned among those who were there when the school opened its doors are Julius Green­field, a Miss C Shone, the first teacher and Ruby Robins be­lieved to have been among the first 10 pupils.

Gen­er­a­tions have gone through the school and left an in­deli­ble mark.

The school was es­tab­lished in the then lit­tle vil­lage of Belle­vue and his­tory has it that buck­ets were used for ablu­tion, a far cry from the mod­ern fa­cil­ity for both boys and girls.

The school head­mistress, Mrs Adili­nah Sibanda, said Green­field had per­se­vered for suc­cess.

“Our prod­ucts are dot­ted around the globe. They are ev­ery­where and have made a pos­i­tive im­pact in all sec­tors. We are proud that from an en­rol­ment of 10 learn­ers in 1916, now the pop­u­la­tion stands at a stag­ger­ing 1 243 as we cel­e­brate a Cen­tury of Com­mit­ment to Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion this year,” said Mrs Sibanda yes­ter­day.

Mrs Sibanda said the school’s pass rate had re­mained very good with rates be­tween 80 and 90 per­cent. She said this had driven them to stay com­mit­ted to the pur­suance of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are guided by the phi­los­o­phy of the class­room to­day be­ing the phi­los­o­phy of a Gov­ern­ment to­mor­row,” Mrs Sibanda told Chron­i­cle.

In or­der for the school to main­tain a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for pupils to ex­cel, they had come up with a de­vel­op­ment plan.

The top fea­tures of the plan are land scap­ing, ren­o­vat­ing the tool room, gut­ters, paint­ing of the school build­ings, tiling of class­rooms, build­ing of a reser­voir, con­struc­tion of an early child learn­ing cen­tre, ren­o­vat­ing the drive­way, re­place­ment of wash­ing basins, con­struc­tion of the sep­tic tank and reconstruction of the two swim­ming pools.

Chil­dren con­tin­ued to shine at Grade Seven level with English record­ing 95 per­cent pass rate last year, Math­e­mat­ics 91, Nde­bele 93 and Gen­eral Pa­per 94.

With the school de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee headed by Mrs Xo­lile Mse­bele, Mrs Sibanda said they were con­fi­dent of adding more im­prove­ments to the school.

“We are happy that with the pre­vi­ous par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tion we were able to achieve a lot in terms of de­vel­op­ment. The fo­cus is there with the present group headed Mrs Mse­bele.

“With the ECD block done at the in­fant wing, land scap­ing in progress, paint­ing of school hall and ad­min­is­tra­tion bloc, ac­qui­si­tion of 25 com­put­ers, tiling of in­fants’ sec­tion, paint­ing of the school’s perime­ter wall and the web­site www.green­field­ju­nior.net, the sky seems the limit for the boys and girls,” said Mrs Sibanda.

She said most of the de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives had been ac­com­plished through de­vel­op­ment levies and a spe­cial level for the ECD sec­tion.

The school held a com­mem­o­ra­tive walk in June to raise aware­ness about their mile­stone achieve­ment.

She said in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment would stay among the school’s pri­or­i­ties.

Mrs Sibanda said the school was also keen on drilling a bore­hole that would sup­port the grounds and swim­ming pools. “We would ap­pre­ci­ate our for­mer stu­dents, busi­ness com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­u­als com­ing for­ward to help us on the bore­hole project which would give the school a new lease of life.

“Green­field cries loud for sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, out­door seat­ing as we seek to be good cus­to­di­ans of the school for the next cen­tury. Our vi­sion re­mains among the best ser­vice providers com­mit­ted to the pur­suit of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion,” said Mrs Sibanda.

She said the client char­ter had also been key to ser­vice de­liv­ery with ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency on the use of school as­sets and funds up­per­most.

The re­cently com­pleted Early Child De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre School head­mistress Mrs Adili­nah Sibanda ad­dresses par­ents, friends of the school and pupils dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions in June

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